Religious & Spiritual Life

Connecticut College has a long and distinguished tradition of honoring the human spirit and nurturing its development. Benjamin Marshall, the College's second president, believed the goal of a Connecticut College education was to meld "knowledge gained from different fields of study with the practical and spiritual life of the individual."

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life gives this tradition a formal "home" in the life of the College. Students are encouraged to consider larger questions about their purpose and role in this world. As they examine their values and beliefs, they gain a greater appreciation for beliefs different than their own and respect for those who hold those beliefs.

The Connecticut College Student Handbook states the College's policy on observing religious holidays.

Programs and chaplains to serve the campus community

Serving the spiritual and religious needs of students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the surrounding community, ORSL sponsors a variety of multi-faith programs and events in addition to religion-specific and multi-religious activities.

The chaplains provide support and counsel for members of their faith groups and serve the broader College community as well.

The Office of Religious and Spiritual life seeks to help students form a spiritual, ethical and moral foundation that will prepare them for a lifetime of decision-making, a foundation that will help them integrate personal beliefs with professional demands, and prepare them to lead lives of integrity, civility and compassion.

Contact Information:



Email Laurie McGrath,

Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
Harkness Chapel
Box 5203
New London, CT 06320-4196